Friday, August 26, 2011


In our lives… the biggest change in our lives is definitely a start of kindergarten. What an exciting time for our daughter – so many new things to take in, so many new rules to learn and so many new opportunities to make friends – for her and for us. Anna’s kindergarten ends at 12:10 pm, and she will be attending an on-premise YMCA daycare 3 days a week until one of us comes from work and picks her up. Majority of her classmates have working parents as well and will go to YMCA with her. Anna’s highlights so far included a treasure hunt on the first day of school, doing “science with magnifying glass” on the second day and learning to play “hot lava monster” in YMCA.


Afterschooling… was very relaxed. Every day after school Anna was wandering off to her desk to do a bit of this and that. Eventually the bits of this and that have been converted into this circus collage, and she is very proud of it. We are also learning a bit about Russia, which might give you a hint as to what FIAR book we are currently on :) Yes, we still do a lazy FIAR with one “special book” a week.


Places we are going… This was definitely a week of “firsts”. Anna really enjoyed her first visit to the circus which was quickly eclipsed by the first school day and first day at YMCA. We have also signed her up for gymnastics, and she had her first class this week. We really hope that gymnastics will help her to develop the strength and coordination and keep up with her bigger and older classmates.

Favorite moment – watching my daughter walk confidently into a classroom full of unfamiliar kids who are all so much taller than she is.


A theological discussion with Anna:

  • Anna (out of the blue as usual): Death is worse than sickness. You can recover from sickness but you cannot recover from death. Only Jesus recovered from death.
  • Me: Jesus and some other magical characters.
  • Anna: Jesus is not magical. He is real. I believe in Him. I want to write a letter to God to tell him to make more good things in the world and make bad things go away.
  • Me: And how do you plan to deliver this letter?
  • Anna: Well, I’ll put it in the envelope, and I will write on the envelope, “To God in the Milky Way”. That’s where He lives.


MaryAnne said...

I love Anna's quotes! She thinks so much for such a young child! How nice that she is enjoying the transition to kindergarten!

Gymnastics has helped Emma a lot with strength and coordination, although yesterday she was complaining that Lily's baby class looked like more fun than her own!

Julie said...

I'm so glad she's enjoying her transition to kindergarten. I didn't realize it was a half-day program. Our area does full day. That's great that she has the YMCA to go to, though. C enjoyed their summer camp this year. I love the theological discussion. :-)

Kim said...

I love that there are still half day kindergarten programs! And that she is learning so much. Sounds like a wonderful week. Crumpet is all about talking to God and Jesus right now - it must be the age...

Amanda said...

Last year when Alexis was in Kindergarten she would talk a lot about God too. I think it is cute that Anna is going to write God a letter.

Kylie said...

What a huge week! She is such a thougtful little being :-)

Debbie said...

I am happy to read that everything is going so well for Anna. I adore her thoughts about writing God a letter, and sending it to Him in the Milky Way!

Ticia said...

I love her quote, I can just imagine her sending that letter.

So, back ages and ages ago when I was in kinder there, they had a morning class and an afternoon class. Do they still do that?

Kelly said...

How nice that she has a half day of kindergarten and it sounds like she has a great aftercare.
Little Wonders' Days

Sherri said...

I love that she is going to write God a sweet! Kindergarten is a huge kids all think kindergarten is more like heaven than school! =)

April said...

I love the picture that you paired up with the theological discussion, it goes perfectly.

Christy said...

I love Anna's quotes! She is so wise beyond her years!

I'm happy that K is going well so far. R still has two weeks of summer vacation. Our K is full day, and it is so long 9-3!!!!!!!!!! It was hard on my boys, and I know it is going to be hard for R because she loves down time after lunch.

R would love to do gymnastics, but she already has a pretty full schedule with school, dance, and soccer - maybe next summer.

hey said...

Wow, what thinking and conversations. Aren't these moments with our children the best? Children are so insightful. :)